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Five suggestions for celebrating the “Santos Populares” in the Algarve

In June, the places are decorated with colour, music, and entertainment to welcome the “Santos Populares” (Popular Saints).

Santo António, São João and São Pedro are celebrated in the Algarve with religious festivals, popular parades and festivals that revive traditions and memories.

Discover the other side of the Algarve with these suggestions:


Organised by the Municipality of Portimão, in conjunction with the Parish Councils of Portimão, Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande and the communities involved, the festivities around the “Santos Populares” are a calling card of this municipality.

Check the website of the Municipality of Portimão for the extensive programme starting on June 2.


From the 10th to the 12th of June, Praça do Infante will be the stage for a festival with traditional food, lively dances and a wide range of local and guest marching parades.

See the programme on the Lagos City Council website.


The Parish Councils of Moncarapacho and Fuseta will celebrate, respectively, the “Santos Populares” on the 10th and 23rd of June. Among other initiatives, these festivities will include performances by the March of the Senior University of the Casa do Povo de Moncarapacho.

For more information, click here.


The high point of the festivities takes place in Praça da Pontinha, on the weekend around “São João” Day (24th of June), with a parade of popular march groups from various parts of the Algarve region.

For more information on these celebrations, check out the Faro Municipal Council’s website.


Carvoeiro Beach will be filled with colour and joy on the 24th of June, with a festival at the amphitheatre and square of the Ermida da Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, one of the most beautiful views in the municipality of Lagoa. This event, which will include snacks and sardines, is free of charge. All the details can be found on the website of the Parish Councils of Lagoa and Carvoeiro.

The essence of the Algarve is based on a culture of encounters. Share these suggestions and enjoy the festivities of the “Santos Populares” with your family and friends with Villa Alvor.